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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An indispensable reference for learning HTML


You can find more information on the internet about HTML than you can "shake a stick at", but putting that information to use in a timely fashion is an other matter.
Elizabeth Castro has delivered to "would-be" HTML programmers a tool whose form truely does follow function. Her methodology not only includes a clear verbal explanation of HTML tags, their use, and their function, but the included web browser "screen captures" help the learner know if they have implemented the tags correctly on their pages. The appendices provide a plethora of additional useful information from special symbols to browser-tag compatibility. If I could have only one HTML reference book by my computer THIS WOULD BE IT!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Super book on the Critical Subject of Risk Management


What an excellent book, but then what would one expect from Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, and Dorset House? As well as being an excellent introduction to an extremely vital subject in this day and age, "Waltzing with Bears" provides some practical tips not only on how to do Risk Management, but also regarding how to overcome some of the factors in corporate culture that actively or passively suppress the application of Risk Management (e.g., the "can-do" attitude).
DeMarco and Lister have structured this book logically, beginning with "Why" and "Why Not", progressing through "How" and "How Much", and concluding with a brief "Whether or Not". The chapter on Core Risks of software projects is priceless. The authors provide instruction on how to graphically show the uncertainty that must be managed, and provide a link to a freeware RISKOLOGY tool that will assist those engaged in Risk Management.
Having spent several years in QA and Process Engineering supporting Risk Management, I can only say that I wish I'd had this book several years ago. But I have it now, and am better prepared for future efforts.
Thanks again, Tom and Tim. By the way, I love the cover.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Put your fears aside - BUY IT


There is always a certain apprehension about buying a book which has been authored by fifteen different people. First of all, how am I going to understand a technology that requires 15 people to describe? Secondly, is information going to be repeated from chapter to chapter or just left out. Well, put your fears aside, this book is currently my bible on Windows DNA development on Windows 2000. The explantations are clear, concise and the coding examples all seem to work so far.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent starting point!


This work is largely common sense, which means you should already know it. But honestly, most common sense only comes after making mistakes. This book can prevent you from making many of those mistakes. As a programmer, this book was helpful for me in making the transition to the web.
Mr. Nielsen's book is lucid. It is well thought-out. He has studies to back up his conclusions. Even though you shouldn't treat it as gospel, you would do well to consider his reasoning before making your design decisions.